Meet the DGIW for District 45
My name is Rob Finlay, the DGIW designate for District 45, the state’s Central Tablelands and Central West region, encompassing Lodges in Blayney, Cowra, Canowindra, Manildra and Orange with a population base of around 60,000 people. Today, part of the traditional agricultural industry base of old, has given way to mining and the service industries. Professionally, my career has been dominated by primary production, firstly agriculture and then forestry. More recently my attention has moved to education, lecturing at University and TAFE.
I joined Freemasonry in 1967 as a 19 year old and have never stopped learning about or enjoying the Craft ever since. I joined Lodge Central Australia (Bourke) and served as WM in 1974. On leaving Bourke my family and I moved to Trangie where we lived during much of the 80’s and served 3 terms as WM of Lodge Trangie. A further move in the late 80’s was to Orange which we have made our home for nearly 30 years. My wife Monique and I have three married children and seven grandchildren.
I have served one term as WM in Lodge Canoblas Lewis which adopted me as an affiliate nearly 30 years ago. I received Grand Lodge honours in 2006 (PDGDC) and in 2013 (PJGW). Over the last 15 years I have had the pleasure of regularly disseminating and distributing educational material as a District and Lodge Education Officer and am currently an Accredited Masonic Speaker.
I look forward to serving as DGIW, as it will give me an opportunity to give back to Freemasonry at least some of that which it has given me over so many years. A priority is making closer ties not only with Lodges within the District, but also those of the surrounding area, while strengthening current friendships and making new ones.
Rt Wor Bro Dr R A Finlay PJ PhD IFA
DGIW District 45